The sunlight is starting to break through the clouds more frequently where I live and I am reminded of the suns power. The sun is a massive fusion powered heat and photon (light) emitting engine that fuses hydrogen into helium to produce mind boggling amounts of energy every second.
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The all electric Nissan Leaf was the first affordable, mass produced, lithium battery electric vehicle. Key to the Leaf's success was a battery design that balances safety, performance, cycle life, calendar life, energy density, power density, charge rate, discharge rate, weight, structural integrity, and thermal management.
|Astro the Prius in Olympia Wa, parked in front of a "Performance" Truck|
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While I have long waxed and waned about the virtues of the Japanese Nissan Leaf and all American Tesla Model S, I have never spoken about the French Furtive eGF from Exagon Motors.
A lot of media attention has been given to the 40MPG claims of the major automakers latest 4cyl compact cars; mostly because it can be difficult for normal people to achieve the "optimistic" EPA sticker fuel economy ratings.
Toyota has proved in over 4 million real world road going hybrid vehicles that $3000 worth of carefully computer controlled 6.5Ah 1.2v nickel metal hydride batteries can enhance the energy efficiency of the automobile in terms of minimizing tail pipe pollution and fuel consumption.
In one of my recent postings about upgrading to a smartphone I noted that I did not go with the iPhone 5. After years of holding IOS enthusiasm and zeal for Apples latest hardware the magic feelings that Apple conveyed to me were muted and ultimately silenced by customer betrayal and environmental hypocrisy.